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Integrating Academic Units in the Elementary School Curriculum / Edition 1

Integrating Academic Units in the Elementary School Curriculum / Edition 1

by Cynthia Sunal


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900534651847
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing
Publication date: 03/12/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 337
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Integrated Teaching: An Introduction1
Integration of Subject Matter2
A Theoretical Basis for Integrated Teaching4
Meaningful Learning8
Instructional Strategies10
Unit Teaching15
An Example of an Integrated Thematic Unit17
Chapter 2Choosing a Focus for an Integrated Unit32
Let's Look at an Example of a Unit32
An Alternative Approach to Designing the Sample Thanksgiving Unit35
Focusing and Organizing an Integrated Thematic Unit38
Choosing an Appropriate Theme46
Problems With Less Effective Themes54
Chapter 3The Planning Process57
Planning the Year's Curriculum57
Planning With Other Teachers63
Beginning Points63
Brainstorming the Theme64
Using a K-W-L Procedure to Identify Prior Knowledge and Interests66
Develop Unit Objectives67
Acquire Background Information69
Identify Focus Questions70
Write a Rationale70
Identify Intended Learning Outcomes or Objectives for Lessons71
Name the Integrated Unit72
Consider Special Needs Among the Students73
Categorize Intended Learning Outcomes74
Select Resources for Learning74
Develop a Web74
Develop the Lesson Plans79
Identifying Activities and Resources and Planning Lessons82
Develop an Assessment Plan88
Develop an Integrated Teaching Unit Tentative Outline89
Multiage Programs90
Chapter 4Implementing and Reflecting on the Unit97
Identifying a Scope and Sequence97
Identifying and Allocating Materials and Resource People98
Managing Materials98
Involving Families99
Helping Students Keep the Theme in Focus103
Utilizing Cooperative Learning106
A Day in the Life of an Integrated Thematic Unit110
Culminating Activities112
Reflecting on the Unit113
Chapter 5Assessing and Evaluating Integrated Thematic Units118
Authentic Assessment--Assessing for Meaningful Learning119
Uses of Assessment120
Using Less Traditional Assessments124
Assessment With Tests and Quizzes145
Multiple Assessment: Tying Things Together146
Planning for Required Standardized Testing147
Reporting Student Accomplishments to Families148
Chapter 6Integrating Social Studies Components153
Curriculum Standards for Social Studies154
The Nature of the Social Studies154
Utilizing Many Viewpoints, Original Materials, and Data Gathering156
Developing Skills of Making Inferences and Interpretations163
Sample Social Studies Ideas and Activities Related to the Six Different Types of Integrated Units165
Chapter 7Integrating Science177
Scientific Literacy179
Reform Efforts in Science Education180
Key Science Teaching Processes183
Effective Science Lessons186
Interconnections Between Science and Other Disciplines187
Appropriate Topics for Units Incorporating Science187
Types of Integrated Units188
Creating Conditions for Student Thinking in Teaching Science204
Planning for Science in Thematic Units211
Assessment of Integrated Science219
Chapter 8Integrating Mathematics Components222
Curriculum Standards for Mathematics224
Considering the Nature of Mathematics232
Time Management and Planning233
Sample Mathematics Ideas and Activities Related to the Six Different Types of Integrated Units241
Chapter 9Integrating the Language Arts248
Standards for the English Language Arts250
Literature's Place in the Integrated Unit252
The Writing Process257
The Language Arts and the Six Types of Integrated Units265
Chapter 10Integrating Art and Creativity Into a Thematic Unit271
The Changing Purpose of Art Education271
Art Education Goals273
The National Standards for Visual Arts Education274
Integrating Art and Creativity Into a Science or Social Studies Theme276
Obtaining Art Materials286
Interfacing Technology With Art288
Types of Units Suitable for Art Education289
Chapter 11Integrating Physical Education and Dance Components299
The Importance of Movement for Children299
National Standards for Physical Education303
National Standards for Music Education304
A Concept-Focused Approach to Physical Education305
Sample Physical Education Ideas and Activities Related to the Six Different Types of Integrated Units308

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